ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned forwards Chris Brown and Casey Wellman to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Brown, 23, played in six games with the Phoenix Coyotes this season, collecting 17 penalty minutes. The Capitals acquired Brown with Rostislav Klesla and a fourth-round draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from Phoenix for Martin Erat and John Mitchell on March 4. The Flower Mound, Texas, native recorded 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. Last season, he led the Pirates and all AHL rookies in goals (29) and ranked tied for third in the AHL with 14 power-play goals. Brown was selected by the Coyotes in the second round, 36th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.
Wellman, 26, has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in 10 games with the Capitals this season. The 6’0”, 183-pound forward made his Washington debut on Dec. 17 at Philadelphia and scored his first Capitals goal on Jan. 25 at Montreal. Wellman has tallied 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) and four penalty minutes in 51 career NHL games with Minnesota and Washington. The Brentwood, Calif., native played in 46 games with Hershey this season, recording 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Wellman ranks second among Bears skaters in goals this season and fifth on the team in points. He has collected 164 points (68 goals, 96 assists) and 73 penalty minutes in 215 career AHL games with Houston, Connecticut, San Antonio and Hershey.